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HR Pros Are Hug Deprived

Originally posted: September 1, 2010 on TrishMcFarlane.com

I’ve spent the last six days away at a couple HR-related conferences and want to know something I’ve learned?  HR pros really are hug deprived.

Let’s face it.  HR is not an easy job.  We’re the ones who get called to make, or help make, many of the most difficult discussions happen.  We’re the ones that have to help the managers terminate employees.  We investigate some of the most challenging claims in the workplace.  There is no softness in that.  There are no pats on the back or ‘attta boys.  So what happens when you get a couple hundred or 1,400 of us together?

A hugfest.

Personally, I’m a hugger so I fit right in.  I just bet that if any of our employees saw us like that they would be surprised.  Maybe HR is like this because we operate at the other extreme in our daily work.  I don’t know.  What do you think?  Are you in HR and are you a hugger?

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